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By B.W. Cook | December 13, 2012
There are some folks who protest the fact that expensive tickets to charitable galas are elitist. Women dressed in floor-length gowns and men in black ties reflect a past sensibility not relevant in modern society. In an age where folks feel it is appropriate to wear T-shirts to church and flip-flops to the wedding of a friend, you must ask the question, cliché or not, "Do clothes make the man or woman?" The answer is no. It has always been no. Clothes never trump the essential qualities of human interaction.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Costa Mesa's finance and information technology director announced Tuesday that he is leaving the city for a private-sector job. Bobby Young, a city employee for 13 years, has served as its finance director since August 2011. "Thank you for the opportunity and experiences you have allowed me to gain, and I greatly appreciate the level of trust and confidence that you have always shown in me," Young wrote in his resignation letter. "I am very proud to have served our community in many ways over the last 13 years and wish you and the rest of the organization the very best in the future.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | May 27, 2011
More than 60% of Orange County voters think local pension reform needs to happen now, according to a survey released this week on behalf of the Assn. of California Cities. Probolsky Research, a Newport Beach-based polling firm, surveyed 325 Orange County voters between April 13 and April 15, asking them questions about their positions on pension reform and why they think it is needed or not. Participants were asked if local government employees receive "overly generous pensions that are bankrupting our cities and county" that needs to be changed, or if they receive a fair pension that local governments can afford.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 16, 2012
The Orange County Business Council has endorsed Colin McCarthy, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan for Costa Mesa City Council, the three-man conservative slate dubbed the '3Ms.' "Costa Mesa, with its cultural and retail destinations, is part of the economic engine that helps drive Orange County's prosperity," business council President and Chief Executive Lucy Dunn said in a news release. "OCBC recognizes that Monahan, Mensinger and McCarthy understand the balance between business and government needed to enhance economic development in the region.
NEWS
November 19, 2004
It's absolutely outrageous. The Pilot article explained that Costa Mesa officials said that their city's salaries were less than what other cities paid. It's inappropriate and ridiculous to compare one government salary rate to another government salary. The comparison should be always between the government and the private sector for the equivalent job. Often, government employees make more than those in the private sector, plus they get many benefits that private-sector people do not get -- great retirement programs, a great medical program, vacations.
NEWS
June 3, 2007
Good news on the teaching front in Newport-Mesa. School district officials and teachers have agreed, unanimously, to a sweeping new pay increase that raises teachers salaries over the next three years by 19% and benefits by 3%. That means the average annual salary for a Newport-Mesa teacher will go from $64,292 this year to $77,348 by 2009. With home prices still high and gas prices and the cost of living skyrocketing, the annual salary numbers still don't seem that much.
NEWS
October 21, 2003
EARL MILLER I put my name in as a candidate to fill the vacant council seat in District No. 2 because I thought a fresh face, with no preconceived agenda, was needed. Someone with problem-solving abilities. Someone who could help move the city forward -- never losing sight of the need for controlled progress, without jeopardizing the quality of life we now enjoy. I can be objective for the needs of all the city and not just the district in which I reside.
FEATURES
By Jim Righeimer | May 15, 2009
You cannot make this stuff up. There on page one of every newspaper was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger telling us that if we do not pass his initiatives Tuesday, not only will the sun not come out tomorrow, but he will have to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to pay the state’s bills. Thumb a few more pages in and you read about ex-Anaheim City Manager Jim Ruth, who not only has a lifelong annual pension of $219,000, but now also runs the Orange County Sanitation District, where he makes an additional $225,000 per year.
NEWS
By Jeffrey Harlan | September 8, 2012
I've been wondering for some time why the Costa Mesa council union bears so much animosity toward our city's organized labor. The rhetoric coming from the majority on the dais for the past 20 months has been consistently strident, adversarial and divisive. Their prevailing attitude is that our public employees are simply taking advantage of a system that is designed to benefit only themselves. As Councilman Steve Mensinger surmised in his recent commentary (Re. " Unions are partly to blame for the city's woes, not the workers ," Sept.
NEWS
April 23, 2002
Despite the March decision in favor of Measure W -- over the objections of most Newport Beach and Costa Mesa voters -- one strong message our citizens sent at the ballot box can still be vindicated. We can, and will, prevent an expansion of John Wayne Airport that would harm our community. We have jointly urged congressional action to guarantee that the current curfews, noise controls and volume limitations at John Wayne are extended indefinitely beyond their scheduled expiration in December 2005.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 21, 2014
Retired Costa Mesa City Manager Allan Roeder briefed the Huntington Beach City Council this week on efforts to address homelessness countywide. Roeder is a member of the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness, which is working with city and county governments, police agencies, faith groups, nonprofits and the private sector to address chronic homelessness. "We find in Orange County that cities that we've met ... [have] a very specific approach and different need within in their community," Roeder said.
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By Carolyn Fitz-Gibbon | August 26, 2013
Why do I feel that the Newport Beach City Council is slowly turning into a replication of the dysfunctional Costa Mesa council? It's bad enough we have to witness the excessive and pointless antics of that neighboring body, which continues to make national news with its unwarranted actions. Now, in a gradual and devious manner, our city seems to be following Costa Mesa's dubious practices. Leading the way was Newport's attempt to ban the beach fire pits. Then Councilman Michael Henn called the costly and unnecessary bridge across Avocado Street "the bridge to nowhere" — which it is — but then unexpectedly changed his mind.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Costa Mesa's finance and information technology director announced Tuesday that he is leaving the city for a private-sector job. Bobby Young, a city employee for 13 years, has served as its finance director since August 2011. "Thank you for the opportunity and experiences you have allowed me to gain, and I greatly appreciate the level of trust and confidence that you have always shown in me," Young wrote in his resignation letter. "I am very proud to have served our community in many ways over the last 13 years and wish you and the rest of the organization the very best in the future.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | March 30, 2013
As everyone with any awareness realizes, life today is complicated. Nevertheless, things do seem to get done successfully, mostly because the incentives and flexibility in the private sector deliver what people need, when they need it and for an acceptable cost. But things can always be better — and that is where we come in. As members of society, each of us can make substantial contributions to our world and way of life by helping to make the system work! This is more than good citizenship to make us feel good about ourselves.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | March 15, 2013
People in our country mostly seem to possess an innate faith in government. Probably that has evolved because, while our governments generally are unnecessarily expensive, wasteful and intrusive, they have not been overtly corrupt like so many others around the world. And most people feel that at least government means well. But this growth of government is harmful for at least two reasons. First, government's power almost always comes at the expense of a loss of our individual freedoms and liberties, and second, the government is almost never as effective and efficient as the private sector.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | December 13, 2012
There are some folks who protest the fact that expensive tickets to charitable galas are elitist. Women dressed in floor-length gowns and men in black ties reflect a past sensibility not relevant in modern society. In an age where folks feel it is appropriate to wear T-shirts to church and flip-flops to the wedding of a friend, you must ask the question, cliché or not, "Do clothes make the man or woman?" The answer is no. It has always been no. Clothes never trump the essential qualities of human interaction.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | November 28, 2012
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a petition to hear Costa Mesa's appeal on an injunction barring its outsourcing plan, court records show. Both labor and city leaders predict the decision will have wide ranging implications for the state's general law cities and their ability to privatize services. Some cities may flock to a charter, a city constitution of sorts, predicted Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer, because the decision will limit their ability to outsource services to the private sector.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
Re. "Mailbag: City transparency, " Sept. 11: Retired Costa Mesa police Officer Clay Epperson never ceases to amaze me with his disjointed view of our city and how it spends its tax dollars on lavish salaries and unsustainable pensions. His recent rant has left me speechless. I wrote about Mr. Epperson back in early 2011. At that time, I brought to light that Mr. Epperson retired at only age 50. After only 28 years service, he received a starting $145,000-a-year lifetime pension, lifetime medical benefits and a generous yearly cost-of-living adjustment — all in retirement.
NEWS
By Jeffrey Harlan | September 8, 2012
I've been wondering for some time why the Costa Mesa council union bears so much animosity toward our city's organized labor. The rhetoric coming from the majority on the dais for the past 20 months has been consistently strident, adversarial and divisive. Their prevailing attitude is that our public employees are simply taking advantage of a system that is designed to benefit only themselves. As Councilman Steve Mensinger surmised in his recent commentary (Re. " Unions are partly to blame for the city's woes, not the workers ," Sept.
NEWS
By Steve Mensinger | September 5, 2012
Why is reform of public employee compensation, including pensions, an issue that resonates with liberals, conservatives and with the average resident in such diverse cities as San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego, San Jose and Costa Mesa? Because the facts are friendly, and even outrageous, to everyone — except public-employee union bosses. The Daily Pilot recently wrote about two of the city's best employees (" We run 'a different offense' in Costa Mesa," Sept. 4). The article stated that firefighter Mike Ruhl made a salary of $115,000 in 2011 (35% of it in overtime)
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